Ashley Monroe Hospitalized; Mac Wiseman Announces New Album; Rodney Crowell Named Musical Director of Everly Brothers Tribute

Juli Thanki | July 11th, 2014

  • Ashley Monroe has canceled some upcoming shows due to a severe kidney infection. As she posted on her website yesterday, “This is very serious and I’m heading back to Nashville to go to the hospital. Thank you for understanding and please keep me in your prayers. I’m so sorry for the disappointment this will cause, but if I don’t take care of this it could risk my life. I promise I will make it up to you all.” Best wishes to Monroe for a swift recovery.
  • After 27 years, the Rodeo Bar in NYC is closing due to rent increases and a “changing landscape.”
  • On October 25, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame plans to honor the Everly Brothers with a tribute concert. Rodney Crowell will serve as the show’s musical director and Don Everly will appear at the event.
  • Kasey Chambers released a video for “Wheelbarrow,” a song from her forthcoming album, Bittersweet (out August 29).
  • Miranda Lambert was on NPR’s Morning Edition. Listen here.
  • Robbie Fulks and The Mekons’ Jon Langford and Sally Timms are playing a couple shows in Chicago this weekend to help raise funds for their upcoming Scotland tour, which they’re calling “Hideout in the Highlands.” The Chicago Sun-Times reports that “the six-date tour spans Aug. 9-19 and will include recording sessions for a new album featuring all three, along with other members of the Mekons who live elsewhere in the world and are included in the traveling musical caravan: violinist Susie Honeyman, accordionist/vocalist Rico Bell and guitarist Lu Edmonds. The venues range from the Belladrum Festival, where the group will share a bill along with Tom Jones, Frightened Rabbit, Billy Bragg, and others, and the tiny village hall of Stromness, located on the remote island of Orkney.
  • LeAnn Rimes will release a Christmas EP later in the year.
  • Remember Billy Gilman? Now 26, he’s got a new single called “Say You Will.” Listen here.
  • Our pal Eric of Music Tomes interviewed Joel Selvin, author of Here Comes the Night: The Dark Soul of Bert Berns and the Dirty Business of Rhythm and Blues.
  • Steve Goodson presented “A Blessed Work in a Somber World: Selections from The Hank Williams Reader” at the Alabama Department of Archives and History. Here’s the video.
  • Mac Wiseman will release Songs from My Mother’s Hand, an album of folk songs that his mother transcribed off the radio when Wiseman was a child, on September 23.

  1. bob
    July 11, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Best wishes for Ashley Monroe’s recovery. She was touring with Striking Matches, mentioned in the NPR article:

    Striking Matches – “they’re really exciting, not only because they write great songs but because they’re both just killer guitar players. And especially, it’s fun to see Sarah lay down a really rock, almost Hendrix-like solo on a stage that you associate with country music. Their recordings are multifaceted: sometimes very sweet and slow, sometimes really lively and biting. But you’ve gotta see them live to see this total guitar throwdown that they do together.”

    It’s mesmerizing. I’ve seen them 4 times.

  2. nm
    July 11, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    I do hope Ashley Monroe recovers from her kidney troubles easily. But the idea that Rodeo Bar won’t survive … that’s really sad. I have so many, many good memories of a venue absolutely dedicated to the music, and to the fans, and of “our” waitress who always found a table for me and my husband, and of the surprisingly good margaritas and bad brisket. What a loss that will be for fans of roots music in NYC.

    Also, somebody tell Stephen Deusner that Belleville is in Illinois, not Missouri.

  3. Leeann
    July 11, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    I’ve just not been able to get into Striking Matches.

    I hope Ashley Monroe fully recovers speedily. Of course, everyone should understand why she had to cancel shows!

    That’s cool Rodney Crowell news.

    And even though Rimes has already put out a Christmas album, I still look forward to the new Christmas music, especially based on the music that she’s recorded since then. The track list seems interesting. I’ll be interested to hear how she does them.

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